Famous guitarists reveal the stories behind their first six-string and their lifelong passion for music
Every guitarist remembers his or her first instrument, the guitar that was a gateway to a lifetime of passion and commitment. In My First Guitar, Julia Crowe presents original interviews with some of the world’s leading guitarists across a variety of genres, including Les Paul, Dick Dale, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, Jimmie Vaughan, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, Melissa Etheridge, Paco Peña, Lee Ranaldo, George Benson, and Jimmy Page. Each interview offers an intimate glimpse into the humble beginnings of real&ndashlife guitar heroes as they recall their first instrument and share the inspiration, challenges, and successes of their early days.
Julia Crowe is a guitarist and columnist for both Classical Guitar (U.K.) and Gendai Guitar (Japan). She has written numerous cover stories and features for several guitar magazines internationally. Her music has been featured on National Public Radio and she has written music for the feature film documentary Drop City, which saw its “sneak preview” this year at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives in New York, New York.
Published: September 2012
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
"Overall, this book is entertaining, and for the fan of the instrument, creates a very poignant picture of the rise of the guitar in pop culture." — San Francisco Book Review
"Crowe (guitarist, composer, journalist, and teacher) impressively executes heartfelt storytelling gleaned from hundreds of interviews with the “who’s who” of players (Dick Dale, Seymour Duncan, Alex Lifeson, Albert Lee, Scotty Moore, Steve Vai, etc.), and she delivers the goods in unique first-person accounts." — Premier Guitar